I am a New York City-based wedding and portrait photographer. I was introduced to photography in 1996, and started by shooting primarily nature and landscapes. For months I read books and magazines, spending hours walking around Raleigh, NC taking photos and making notes. I fell in love with the art of making images, and the science appealed to my technical side. To this day, that hasn't changed.
In 1997 I got my first taste of professional photography while working with my campus newspaper. Since then, I have been fortunate to work with others who share my passion for photography, and who have helped me along the way. Over time, my interest in photography expanded from photojournalism and sports, to weddings and portraits. I'm a self-taught shooter, and admittedly a camera geek. I'll purchase new cameras just to learn how to use them, or to take one particular photo with one special camera. Whether it's learning about a new technique or digital camera, or even buying an old film camera, my zeal for photography is as strong as ever.
After shooting my first wedding in 1999, I swore off wedding photography "forever." The set photos, posed "candids," and lack of creativity I was afforded just wasn't my style. I left afterwards dismayed. Luckily, a few years later a coworker informed me I was shooting her wedding. We went back and forth on it, but in the end I couldn't say no; she just wouldn't let me. I had full creative control, and was running the show from a photography standpoint. As the day went on, I got more and more excited because I knew the photos were going to be awesome. To this day, I shoot weddings with the same zeal and approach. I don't follow a set of guidelines, and cover the day as it unfolds. When all is said and done, I leave excited to get back to my desk and see the images I've captured.
Aside from photography, I also enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, golf, and brewing my own beer. I have a soft spot for animals, especially my SPCA rescue, Memphis, whose happy-go-lucky attitude defies his Chow-Chow-ness. Want to know more? Check out my seldom updated list of Things I Love for more insight.